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preschool plans: the next round of ABCs

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My plans for the next round of ABCs have gone up and down and around.

I love sharing what we do at home.  But as this last alphabet drew to a close, I found that my son was not enjoying it anymore.  This is partly my fault.  I became less creative — and we’ve spent two+ weeks on each letter.  Way. too. slow.  I also found that documenting our tot school days became a bit tedious here on the blog.  It just became a thing to do, rather than a thing to love.

I want to love doing Preschool with my 3 1/2 year old boy, and beginning Tot School with my 20 month old girl, so my Letter posts aren’t going to be as in-depth as they have been in the past — instead they will be a quick snapshot.  This is what I’ve decided for now….

A Tot School overview:

For my son, we started Tot School at about 2 1/2 years of age.  He wasn’t ready for anything before this.  He does not love to color or pick up a crayon or pencil, so getting him to sit down was always a hard first step.  But once we got him going, he did enjoy most of the work.  You can check out my post on Connecting with my son for more on adjusting my plans to fit his learning passions and needs.

I created a Tot School Planning Form to guide our time — and I used it up until half way through the alphabet.  But once I “knew” him and myself, I kind of scrapped it.  I wanted to make sure we did most of the worksheets (with do-a-dots, stamps, markers, dry erase, etc.), did a sensory activity, a math activity, and a craft each week.  If all of this was done, I was happy and satisfied with the way things went.

Our Preschool Plans:

So, here goes.  This is our schedule and curriculum for Preschool.  I am deciding to call this once a week time “Preschool.”  And our next go-around will focus on capital letter writing, which will be called “Pre-Kindergarten.”

We will be focusing on uppercase letter recognition, tactile uppercase letter writing, and beginning lowercase letter recognition (and matching uppercase and lowercase letters).  It is important, above all, to know your learner and to adapt according to their needs.  As a former Kindergarten teacher, I am not worried that my son hasn’t mastered all the skills he needs to have before reading because he is only three and he will always, always learn, and love to learn, only it will be at his pace.

Please see my Early Literacy Stages series for an explanation of each of the six literacy stages and how to teach them to your child.


Our Daily Schedule:

1.   Music, Movement, Dance Time

2.   Bible Time

3.   Recitation Time

  • Letter & book of the week
  • Bible Verse of the week
  • Poem of the week & poem review
  • Number of the week work
  • Color of the week work
  • Counting 1-30, by 5s, by 10s (and up)

4.   Letter Time:

  • Working on alphabet letter recognition and sounds with various activities, games, and objects
  • Pages from our two below curriculums, most likely in a “station” style

5.   Craft, Sensory, Practical Life Time

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Our chosen materials & activities:

  • The Preschool Journey by Teaching Mama.  There are many wonderful ideas for crafts and activities for each letter in this eBook.  We will pick and choose different activities according to my son’s interests.
  • ABC Felt Animals: we will continue to make our felt animals for every letter of the alphabet!


Looking forward:

My daughter will be jumping in and doing activities with us.  I didn’t want to do anything “official” with her until she is 2 years old, but I think she may end up doing 1plus1plus1equals1’s Tot School Printables (the same ones we used for John for Tot School).  But this will be very loosely based.  She will probably go through Tot School (2s) again, more intentionally, at the same time that my son will be in my Pre-Kindergarten (4s) plan, but that may change when we get there.


Most important of all

We will be reading constantly.  We read picture books and baby books.  I have also begun read-alouds (i.e. less pictures) with him (more on this later), which he loves!!

Check out my recent post on 10 reasons we should read to our children.


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  1. First of all, thank you for sharing! I am starting homeschool preschool with my three year old son this fall. I have been so overwhelmed and your blog was a complete God send! My son loves all vehicles and sounds a lot like yours. I do have one question: Do you only do one day of preschool or a little each day? I’m just trying to get some idea of a schedule. Also do you introduce everything at the beginning of the week? Everything on the first day? Thank you again and so blessed to have your blog to follow.

    1. Thanks so much Shae!! I set up our new letter in our charts — check out Letter A — then we do our morning recitation routine when we can, reading our letter books in the mornings when we can, and some activities in a station style if we have time, he hasn’t been too thrilled about these, so I haven’t been pushing it at all — I have also been recently reading more about Reggio inspired learning and allowing his interests to guide a lot of our time. Right now we are doing a sword unit because he loves swords! I’ll be sharing what we’re doing with that. I think preschool can just be a time to have fun and play — the one thing I make sure to do is the letter, number, poems review in the morning — I think the time is really worthwhile :) Thanks so much for following!!

  2. I absolutely love your site. Until now I’ve been overwhelmed at the thought of teaching my son (3.5 years old) and my daughter (2 years old). I am excited that not only are your kids similar in age, but you also have the teaching methods I’ve been wanting to use and so many helpful tips! So far I only have one question. Where do you get your trays for your activities? Thanks!

    1. Hi, Tara!! Thanks for the kind words — I have a simple Preschool schedule coming out next week that will probably be helpful to you :) They are from Oriental Trading :)

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